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America's biggest sports day of the year is right around the corner, and yes, I'm talking about the Super Bowl.

Unless you completely despise American football, there's a good chance you'll watch Sunday's matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Over 114 million people in the U.S. tuned in to last year's Super Bowl, and it's likely that number will increase this year.

Since the big game is also a big social event, you may choose to watch it with others. Not that there's anything wrong with watching it alone, of course.


GIF via "30 Rock."

Some of us will even host a Super Bowl party. When you're a parent, you sometimes need an excuse for a me-time party. This is a great one.

Of course, you'll need the right crew. These are the five parents you absolutely should invite to your Super Bowl party.

1. The secondary entertainer.

This parent has zero interest in football, but instead of complaining about it, he or she will do something positive to keep the kids and other non-sports fans happy.

It could be magic tricks or funny stories. Maybe this amazing human will transform his or her face into an easel for the kids' amusement.

All photos were taken from the Daddy Doin' Work Instagram feed and used with permission.

Or gather the kids into another room for lightsaber training so the other grown-ups can watch the game in peace.

The force is definitely with them.

Needless to say, the value of this is immeasurable. We salute you.

2. The master-chef-in-training.

Maybe it's the dad who spent the majority of the year perfecting his family's famous chili recipe — and his singular mission is to impress you and the other guests with it on Super Bowl Sunday. He takes cooking more seriously than he takes the game, and if the guests are happy with his creation, he wins.

He wants to keep everyone fed. Who wouldn't like that guy?

Besides, he's a new dad now. He realizes that he has to step up his culinary game in order to effectively pass down the proper techniques to his kids for their future Super Bowl parties.

Just don't ask him for the recipe because he's not giving it up.

3. The no-leftovers family.

You made and bought a lot of food. So much food that it could easily feed an entire city block. Luckily, you're friends with the no-leftovers family. They come ready to eat and enjoy your food, which makes you really, really happy.

What game? Just feed me.

They'll probably spend more time at your dining room table crushing your grub than sitting in front of the TV. But hey, you worked hard on the spread and it's awesome to see people appreciating that. And you won't have to worry about clearing out any additional fridge space.

4. The dirt-fighting superhero.

Adults drinking beer, kids running wild, and messy food make for a bad combination if you're a fan of cleanliness.

This parent is so used to picking up after the kids that he or she can't turn the internal switch off — even at a party. They'll wash dishes, vacuum floors, heck, they may even offer to give your kids a bath before the night is over. Basically these parents are vigilantes protecting the sanctity of Neatness Nation — and their temporary headquarters is your house.

When he's around, there will be less mess so you can rest.

5. The good sport parent.

Sports can really make people act weird. When the game isn't going their way, they might get angry. Really angry.

The quarterback threw ANOTHER interception?? GIF via "The Incredible Hulk."

Screaming and stomping out of the room may be cool at home, but when you're at a Super Bowl party, just as many people are interested in the game as the commercials and the halftime show.

That's why it's essential to have parents who are good sports. It's all about the big picture with them. They understand that the outcome of the game isn't nearly as important as having a good time. I mean, isn't the whole point of a party to have fun?

These parents absolutely get it.

The only rule is to have fun.

The Super Bowl is a day when everyone can be happy, as long as you're surrounded by the right people.

Of course we want our team to win, too — but let's not focus on the insignificant stuff.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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